A woman was accidentally filmed as she took a death-defying plunge over the Niagara Falls on Saturday evening. Police immediately conducted search operations but the woman has yet to be found as of press time.
From bystanders and tourists present during the time of the incident, The New York Park Police gathered that the woman is a white female, probably in her 40s, and was obvious to have “an intent to harm herself.” According to NBC, the woman walked into the water near Prospect Point at around 6 p.m.
News 4 is reporting that police declared the incident as an “intentional entry.” Canadian authorities are also helping with the search for the woman. As for the video, the authorities said it remained under the custody of police.
According to NYFalls.com, over 5,000 bodies have been recovered from the bottom of the falls since 1850. There are those daredevils who intentionally plunged into the falls in attempts to set world records. There had been 15 people who intentional tried to challenge the water current, plunging inside a barrel. Of these statistics five were confirmed dead and two people lived. There are no known records of the others.
In 2009, Niagara Falls Reporter estimated that approximately 40 people per year are killed while being swept over the Niagara Falls. The Star noted that thousands of suicides and accident victims were recorded during the 19th and 20th centuries. Since 2003, more than 70 people have died in suicides or accidental falls in Niagara.